Sunday, September 10, 2006

Wordpress and other rambles...

Thanks to everyone who made recommendations and told me what I already knew...that Internet Explorer really sucks. I'm looking at the information for an online course I'm starting tomorrow and the web browser they're recommending I use, on a Mac using OS 10.3.9, is Internet Explorer 5. Honestly, it's enough to make may reevaluate the whole online course thing if that's what they're recommending. Dear lord...

Anyway, the suggestions are enough that I'm going to start seriously playing around with Wordpress, even if it means I might lose my favorite guy on the right, cheerfully smashing himself to a pulp. I really do like him, but he's a sacrifice I'm willing to make if I can make other site improvements without Blogger driving me mad.

Starting up my own site is certainly an option, but I think that falls under the category of more than I need with the little time I have. I talked to Dups about that when I first started blogging, and he said that if I was just blogging, then something like Blogger or Wordpress is all I need. And as he tends to know what he's talking about (when it comes to Internet stuff, I hasten to add) I think I'll just stick with that.

Now it's just a matter of finding the time to play with Wordpress, set it up the way I want and transfer everything over. God only know when that will happen. I mean, the weekend is just flying by. Cathy has a course this weekend (and oh, she's so very, very happy about that) so I thought I might have some spare time. Nope. Things needed cleaning, taking care of the dog, some supplies shopping and I volunteered at the Mass Registration for several hours yesterday.

Honestly, I don't know how people with kids do it. One more reason to not have them, I suppose. Then I'll have even less time to do the things I don't want to do before I can relax and do the things I want to do.

Mass Registration, by the way, is one of those interesting Iqaluit things. Basically early in September most of the recreational and social organizations gather in town to promote themselves. This year it was at the sinking Arctic Games Complex. Which is a lovely, relatively new building, but sadly built in a location that means it is slowly, unevenly, sinking into a bog. Anyway, it's a good chance to see what groups are in town and what ones you can register for.

People tend to over-commit themselves, which causes problems later in the year. But for right now, you can sign your kids (or yourself) up for swimming, guides, speed skating, ballroom dancing, drama, broomball, quilting, judo, karate and a bunch more.

I was there because I am on the Board of Directors of the Iqaluit Curling Club. I mention this solely because I love saying that I'm on the Board of Directors of a curling club. Because it sounds awfully impressive. But when you consider the President of the Curling Club is a guy who picked up the sport about three or four years ago, well, it loses a bit of its impressiveness.

Still, I'm happy to be involved and looking forward to curling again this winter and hopefully reining in my competitiveness a bit. It's a hard go, but I do what I can. And really, registration is $110 for a year's worth of curling. That's a joke. You'll pay four times that in most places down south. So it's a good deal.

Oh, I also joined a writer's group and I'm thinking about Tai Chi, the local gym and Badminton. Those from my Muse days might be amused at the notion of me trying badminton again. Let us just say I was not the best player in the world and somewhere there is a drawing done by a friend of mine graphically illustrating how bad I was. Still, got to do something to keep active. It's easy to put on the weight in Iqaluit during the winter.

Hmmm, that was a long trip from talking about Wordpress. Ah well. Not every post has to be focused. I can ramble a bit. Besides, it's better this than talking about the Pope's latest comments. Dear lord. I have Catholic in-laws who read this blog so I shall do the polite thing and refrain from commenting other than to say someone might want to check his medication...

6 comments:

Mireille Sampson said...

I heard something vague about the pope's words, but I pay so little attention I had forgotten it wasn't John Paul, it's that sunken-faced new guy.

John Mutford said...

I too joined the Writer's Group.

Jason said...

Kinda of scary to hear the Pope of German descent getting up on a balcony and ranting about homsexuals and the folly of democracies. For some reason gives me deja vu, to something,I'm blanking on what though.

P.S. Please send all your anger to Craig I'm too far away!

Geoff Meeker said...

Craig, your worries about what you will give up on having children are away off base (and very typical of how I felt around your age). To my extreme surprise, I found that precious little was given up or sacrificed, but that something of incalculable value had been added. Ask any parent about it...

vickyth said...

Craig, I just tried out your little bloody man in Wordpress and it works just fine in one of the text boxes amongst the sidebar widgets (this lingo will make sene to you once you start fiddling with the "presentation" options in Wordpress, trust me.)

So you won't have to give him up....

senatorhung said...

hey craig,

if the man on the side is just an animated gif (which it seems to), it is readily saved to your hard drive and imported anywhere else you want to go. me, i use a webhost in calgary (carryover from when i moved up from there) and just manually code html for my blog. good luck with whatever you choose !

i won't be able to make carolyn's first writers' group meeting but hope to make it out once in awhile. broomball season has started and we've had great turnout so far. i just sent in my comic order for the month - not a heck of a lot on the continuing issues front, but a pile of original tpb's - guess that's the way the indies are heading ... oh, and i've continued my radio show of sorts on cfrt 107.3 monday evenings at 7.